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La Crosse County has its own boat patrol out on the Mississippi during the summer and early fall...but the city of La Crosse hasn't operated its own patrol boat for many years.
They'll have one this weekend, though. The La Crosse police showed off their patrol boat for reporters this morning, along the levee at Riverside Park. Assistant chief Rob Abraham says the boat is intended to improve the river-watch that already happens on weekend nights.
Abraham says the city will continue to rely on the sheriff's department boat for many patrols, because it's 'cost-prohibitive' for the city to have its own patrol boat full-time. Police also will increase their bicycle patrol during the opening weekend of the fest.
The latest wrinkle in La Crosse's downtown parking situation could mean problems for people doing business at the La Crosse Center.
City Hall recently reduced some parking areas near the center from 12 hours to only two hours. Center manager Art Fahey says the drivers who bring in buses and semis for concerts and other events need to be able to park for hours at a time.
The civic center hosted the state counties' association meeting this week...bringing several hundred visitors downtown for a couple of days.